the essential Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin says he is in favor of removing the deduction of points from the driving license for speeding less than 5 km/h. A measure variously welcomed.
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Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Twitter this Sunday morning that he wanted to “remove point deductions for speeding under 5 km / h”. The fine would be upheld. “I want to be understanding with those who work,” tweeted the Minister of the Interior. An announcement which comes in addition to his wish to withdraw the 12 points of the license in the event of driving under narcotics, following the emotion aroused by the accident caused by the actor Pierre Palmade.
ROAD SAFETY :
I want to remove point deductions for speeding less than 5km/h and thus be understanding with those who work.
Conversely, I want to revoke the license of those who drive under drugs/alcohol because they are potential dangers.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) February 19, 2023
1 point and 45 to 135 € fine
Currently, for any speeding less than 20 km/h, you lose one point on your license. To drive. You must also pay a fine of 135 € if the maximum authorized speed is 50 km/h (90 € if the payment is fast) and 68 € if the maximum authorized speed is higher than 50 km/h (45 € if the payment is fast).
“It is very good !”
The abolition of the withdrawal of points satisfies Pierre Chasseray, the general delegate of 40 million motorists. “It’s very good, it must be done!” He also wants the fine removed. “5 km / h, we are on an involuntary speeding. Driving at 84 km / h on a road limited to 80 does it make us a driver? No”, explains Pierre Chasseray to The Midi Dispatch. “The real problem is not that. It’s the 80 and 90 km / h, the incessant variations in speed limits everywhere on the territory”, assures the defender of motorists.
“A bad signal to drivers”
On the side of the League against road violence, we denounce “a decision which will have negative consequences on road safety”. Pierre Lagache is national vice-president and president of the association in the Lot. “Letting go of the loss of points for minor speeding is accepting that average speeds increase and accepting more accidents. It’s a bad signal. Attention will slacken and we will count the dead” , he thinks The Midi Dispatch. “This is a measure that is in line with what we have been hearing for months: we must not annoy the French”.
Introduced on July 1, 1992, with a capital of 12 points (6 for young drivers since 2004), the penalty point license is supposed to maintain continuous pressure on motorists to respect the Highway Code and not to lose points, or lose as few as possible.
Road Safety recorded 3,541 deaths on the roads in 2022, i.e. 322 more than in 2021. This assessment has stagnated overall since 2013 and is no longer trending downward. However, France signed the Stockholm Declaration in 2020 during the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The number of road deaths must be halved by 2030.